March 31, 2014

Greenhouse Technology Shakes Up Economics of Cannabis Cultivation

By Fred Dreier Lured by the prospect of cutting electricity costs, more marijuana entrepreneurs are pursuing greenhouse cultivation facilities. Greenhouse manufacturers claim that their structures can save anywhere from 25% [click to continue...]

March 28, 2014

Week in Review: Extremely Limited MMJ Laws Gain Ground in Several States

By Chris Walsh Behold the rise of pseudo-medical marijuana states. Earlier this week, Utah legalized the possession and use of certain cannabis-based extracts for locals (primarily children) with severe epilepsy [click to continue...]

March 26, 2014

Oregon Medical Cannabis Businesses Prepare for Ban on Sweet Edibles

By Fred Dreier Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon are preparing to say goodbye to sweet, sugary edibles, and dispensary owners believe that removing these popular products will hurt their business. [click to continue...]

March 24, 2014

Q&A With Steve DeAngelo: Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program in the Spotlight

By Fred Dreier Steve DeAngelo, owner of Harborside Health Center, is also the financial backer of a Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary operated by his brother and business partner Andrew DeAngelo. [click to continue...]

March 21, 2014

Week in Review: Digital Currencies Target Marijuana Industry, But Skepticism Abounds

By Chris Walsh Dispensaries are getting inundated with pitches from companies offering services that “solve” the industry’s banking and payment-processing woes. The latest solution being touted as a panacea: digital [click to continue...]

March 19, 2014

Marijuana Packaging Companies Compete With Differing Business Models

By Fred Dreier The glass jars, opaque bags and other packaging material that contain cannabis have become more important to dispensary businesses as the U.S. marijuana market has grown. Packaging [click to continue...]

March 17, 2014

Increasingly Competitive – and Qualified – Cannabusiness Labor Market

By Fred Dreier The disparity between jobs and job seekers at a marijuana-focused career fair in Colorado last week highlights a shift in cannabusiness labor dynamics. The event – hosted [click to continue...]

March 14, 2014

Week in Review: Fixing California’s MMJ Program Will Require Plenty of Compromise

By Chris Walsh California lawmakers will have another chance to fix the state’s broken medical marijuana industry after years of dragging their feet on the issue. Earlier this week, we [click to continue...]

March 12, 2014

4 Take-Aways From the Massachusetts Mess

By Fred Dreier While lawyers and lawmakers argue over Massachusetts’ medical marijuana licensing process, the cannabis industry faces an important question: What can it learn from this mess? To help [click to continue...]

March 10, 2014

Guest Column: Top Technological Game-Changers for Cannabis Growers

By Van McConnon Get ready for the new era of cannabis cultivation. Technology is triggering a sea change in the way marijuana is grown, allowing cultivation sites to lower costs, [click to continue...]

March 7, 2014

Week in Review: Mainstream Investors Finally Starting to Eye Green Rush

By Chris Walsh The dam holding back massive pools of investment money from the marijuana industry hasn’t burst yet. But cracks are starting to emerge, and millions of additional dollars [click to continue...]

March 5, 2014

Underage Recreational Cannabis Sales Targeted in ‘Secret Shopper’ Program

By Fred Dreier Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) wants to know if retail cannabis shops and medical dispensaries are selling to underage customers. So the division – which oversees the [click to continue...]

Study: WA Rec Industry Not Creating Tourism Boom

Interest in traveling to Seattle has dipped slightly despite the start of recreational cannabis sales [click to continue...]

Rand Paul Pressuring Lawmakers to Declare MMJ Positions

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a series of marijuana-related amendments in recent days, [click to continue...]

CBD, Hemp Bill Introduced in House

A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would effectively legalize [click to continue...]

FL Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for MMJ

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that nearly 90% of Floridians favor the legalization of [click to continue...]

Stiff Competition for LV Dispensary Licenses

Applicants for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Las Vegas face some hefty competition. Roughly 47 [click to continue...]

New York Times Urges Marijuana Legalization

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The New York Times editorial board is calling for an end to the federal ban [click to continue...]

Debt Fund Launched for Illinois MMJ Startups

Entrepreneurs looking to enter Illinois’ medical marijuana industry could get help with one of the [click to continue...]

FL Company Nabs $500K Funding Commitment

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A Florida company has secured up to $500,000 in investments to fuel its business interests [click to continue...]

$38.5M Potential Tax Haul From Legalized Cannabis in Oregon

Cannabis legalization in Oregon could generate $38.5 million in taxes for the state during the [click to continue...]

Seattle Dispensaries, MMJ Growers Could Get Reprieve

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Medical marijuana businesses in Seattle could get until 2016 to obtain licenses with the state. [click to continue...]

63 License Applications in Las Vegas

Las Vegas received 63 applications for medical cannabis business licenses by Wednesday’s deadline, according to [click to continue...]

PTSD Study Could Move Forward, With Lead Researcher

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A federally approved project to research the use of marijuana for treating post-traumatic stress disorder [click to continue...]

Minnesota Names Medical Cannabis Czar

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program now has a leader. Michelle Larson, who held various executive roles [click to continue...]

Moody’s: WA Rec Sales Could Fall Short of Projections

Initial recreational cannabis sales in Washington State could fall “well short” of expectations due to [click to continue...]